ALBANY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team dropped a 68-60 decision on the road to the College of Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Albany, N.Y.
The Hawks fall to 9-5 overall and 5-4 in the NE10 with the setback, while Saint Rose improves to 9-5 and 4-4 in league games. Saint Anselm is back in action on Tuesday night when they host Le Moyne College in a conference game scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Candace Andrews connected on 6-of-12 shots en route to a team-high 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Kaila Duarte joined her in double-figures with 13 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Ali Glennon finished with 12 points.
Saint Rose was led by 17 points from Ashley Vanderwall, while Taylor Nazon had 15 points and Staci Barrett added 14 points.
The two teams were tied at 9-9 early in the first quarter and a Caitlyn Abela triple at the 5:17 mark put Saint Anselm ahead 12-11, but Saint Rose answered with an 11-0 run to take a 22-12 lead with 2:08 remaining in the first. Ali Glennon ended the run with a pair of free throws and she would eventually score the final basket of the period, but Saint Anselm trailed the Golden Knights 25-16 after one quarter of play.
Two Caitlyn Abela free throws early in the second quarter cut the deficit to only 25-20, but another lengthy run by the home team – this time a 10-1 stretch – gave Saint Rose a 35-21 advantage with 3:59 remaining in the third. Saint Anselm would answer with a small 6-0 spurt capped by a Kaila Duarte layup before time expired on the half to make it a 35-27 game headed into the break.
Out of the half, Duarte knocked down a pair of freebies to trim the Saint Rose lead to 37-31. Saint Rose answered again with a 7-2 run to take a 44-33 lead and force a Saint Anselm timeout with 4:42 remaining. Five-straight points by the Golden Knights after a pair of Candace Andrews free throws pushed the advantage to 49-35, and Emma Daly ended the run with a triple to make it a 50-38 game. Saint Rose's Taylor Nazon scored the final four points of the stanza to take a 53-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
Clairee Putnam opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, sparking a 7-2 run by the Hawks that would trim the lead to 55-45 with 8:17 remaining. Saint Rose answered with four-straight points to go back on top 59-45, but a three from Abela and a score inside from Duarte made it a nine-point game with 6:02 remaining.
Putnam later converted a three-point play at the 3:51 mark to cut the deficit back to 64-53, and Glennon kept it an 11-point game at 66-55 with a layup and 2:54 remaining in regulation. Kaila Duarte finished off a three-point play of her own with 22 seconds remaining before a steal by Abela and layup by Duarte made it 68-60 game with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Saint Rose called timeout and was able to inbound the ball and run out the clock to hang on for the NE10 victory.
The Hawks shot 37.7% (20-of-53) from the floor, 25% (4-of-16) from three and 80% (16-of-20) from the charity stripe. Saint Rose knocked down 53.2% (25-of-47) of their shots, 40% (4-of-10) of their triples and 73.7% (14-of-19) of their free throws in the win. Saint Anselm won the rebounding battle 45-35, while turnovers were even at 14 apiece.
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